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A Bird Brain Book: Honey the Hero (A Parakeet's Australian Adventure) (Bird Brain Books Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 44 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Honey is my favorite because she is good and cool." - Arriana Rock, a 3-year-old reviewer

"The illustrations are beautiful. My 2-year-old was very excited to see 'the birds' on my screen. They made her giggle." - Jill Cooper, author of The Dream Slayer

"Young readers will enjoy this book, and older readers will enjoy reading it to them!" - A well-intentioned bird lover

"This whimsical story of Honey, the heroic little bird of the Australian Outback, positively captivated me! Although Ms. Chand is a superb storyteller, it's the lessons about heroism and life that, for me, make this such a compelling and inspirational read." - Terri Giuliano Long, best-selling author of In Leah's Wake

"The story is beautifully and sympathetically written, so that the young ones are not overwhelmed with big words, especially if they try to read it themselves. If you have an inquisitive young child or two, then they will love this book." - Lynn Worton, reviewer at Book Mews and Tattle Tails

From the Author

Whether you've read my books in the past or are still trying to decide whether they're something you'd like to read, I'm glad you're here. It's readers like you that have made all my crazy dreams--you know the ones that everyone said were impossible--come true. You are the ones who keep me writing, keep me inspired, keep me sane. And for that, I owe you a gigantic thank you.

You see, I started writing as a way to feel a little less lonely in this far too impersonal world. Since then, I've made it my mission to write and talk about the issues facing today's youth, the issues that are often overlooked in entertainment because they're conceived as gritty, taboo, or simply "too depressing."

In the Farsighted Series, I tackle topics like racism, self-esteem and eating disorders, physical disabilities, and teen substance abuse.

In the Bird Brain Books, the lessons are far simpler--remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you, know that who you are is what makes you special rather than what you look like, appreciate love, friendship, and beauty where ever you can find it.

I've connected with some amazing people who share my same outlook on today's literary landscape, and I've made fantastic friends in the process. At the end of the day, I love hearing from people who've read my books, and I welcome emails, Facebook messages, tweets--any way you'd like to get in touch with me, it just makes my day.

Every now and then, I like to reach out to readers with free Advance Review Copies or other giveaways on my site, and I'm planning to do so much more of that in 2013. To keep up with these opportunities, please come on over and subscribe to my newsletter at

You can also email me at or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • File Size: 3935 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (April 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WK9TA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Worton on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Honey is an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback. She decides to become a hero after spying a human family watching Superman. As she already has the power of flight, she just needs to create a costume to conceal her identity and find animals that need help.
Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, she only manages to make matters worse. But what happens when someone really needs her help. Will Honey rise to the challenge?

Honey is a charming character that is sweetly innocent in her attempts at being a hero. But when she tries to help, she only seems to make matters worse. I know a few humans, me included, who have had the same intentions and things have not gone according to plan. The message I got from the story was that no matter how hard you try, you cannot help everyone, but one day you may just be in the right place, at the right time to do so.

This is a children's book that is aimed at the five to six year-old range.
This is Emlyn Chand's first foray into children's books and is a fantastic read for the young ones. The story is beautifully and sympathetically written, so that the young ones are not overwhelmed with big words, especially if they try to read it themselves. The illustrations by Sarah Shaw are perfect, and complements the story in their simplicity. If you have an inquisitive young child or two, then they will love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Stefanides on April 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What do you do when you're a young parakeet living in the Australian Outback and you long to explore your world? You become a superhero, that's what you do.

At least that's what Honey, the star of Emlyn Chand's newly released kids book, does.
Inspired by a television show Honey watches through the window of a cottage on her travels, Honey decides to dedicate her life to helping other animals in need. The tricky part is who gets to decide if an animal really needs help.

Honey flits through the Outback, "rescuing" animals, only to find out they don't quite see the need for help the way Honey thinks they do.

But Honey never gives up, and one day, she comes upon a lost dingo that truly does need Honey to rescue him.

Honey's message is sweet in its simplicity. She stumbles the first few times she tries to help others, but helping has become her passion and she keeps trying until she gets it right. Not bad advice for birds, kids, and even we adults who read this book to the little ones in our lives.

Chand's charming story is accompanied by equally cute drawings by Sarah Shaw. The pictures remind me of the styles used in comic books, which I think is quite appropriate given the premise that Honey is a superhero. Honey gives little ones the feel of comic book "save the day" heroes, minus the "bam", "pow", and "crack" of comics for older kids and adults.
Honey the Hero is the first in the Bird Brain Books series.

Keep your eyes open for the adventures of Davey the detective and Poppy the peacock coming soon. Let's see what adventures these two birds fly into!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received this book as an advanced copy from the author and so glad I did. What a cute story to share with kids. Charming and warm a nice lesson for kids to learn that no matter how small, how often you feel you mess things up, and that you are not helpful everyone has there time. Everyone has their moment when the shine and are superheros and are needed to preform tasks that not all people can do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Chaconas on July 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the storyline in Honey the Hero. Having been an overachieving kid-and starting to see some of the same tendencies in my own child-I saw the incredible value in a tale of wanting to do something so badly, being unsuccessful at it, and yet abiding by the old "try, try again" adage. Honey teaches kids about perseverance, about rising from failure, and about never letting things get in the way of your passion. As if that wasn't enough, it also teaches them the value in helping others! It is literally filled with teaching moments (not just for kids, either!).

I love that Honey the Hero is a smart book. Although the storyline is simple (it has to be, to keep things interesting and quick for young kids), it's not simplistic. The story have excellent higher-level vocabulary (quaint, gazed, zipped, shapely, fluttered, mysteriously, frantic, flitted, nestled-the list goes on and on). As a parent who is forever obsessed with expanding my kid's vocabulary (which, right now, consists mostly of "doggie," "kitty," "up," and "hi"-but we're getting there) and exposing her to new words, this is essential. I loved that I, an adult, was able to read Honey without feeling cheated out of thinking. I kept imagining reading this story with my kids when they're older, and pausing to explain what the new words meant, and how they could use them.

Any parent worth his or her salt knows one thing for sure-if the pictures aren't pretty, the kids aren't sticking around. Thankfully, that's not a problem with Chand's Bird Brain Books. The illustrations are bright, colorful, crisp, and clear. They're a perfect complement to the story, letting parents sugarcoat the life skills medicine the books are handing out. Kudos to illustrator Sarah Shaw.
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